Tenaha ISD SSO Media Release

Texas Department of Agriculture

Sample | SSO Media Release – No Application Processing

June 25, 2021

 

Media Release for Seamless Summer Option Free Meals in School Year 2021-2022

 

Tenaha ISD announced its policy today that this school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. Each school/site or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request.

 

While no application or eligibility determination process is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, the income eligibility requirement will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. 

 

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Directions: Media Release for Seamless Summer Option Free Meals in School Year 2021-2022 Sample Form

 

Purpose

This sample form provides a model for the media release the Contracting Entity (CE) must issue prior to or during the first week of school. 

 

Directions for Using Sample Form

Use This Form

Frequency

Yearly, prior to or during the first week of school

Required Form Format

Use this sample or a similar document.

Record Retention

Releases kept on site and made available on request.

Public and charter schools are required to keep documentation related to school nutrition programs for 5 years.

Private schools, other nonprofit organizations, and residential child care institutions (RCCIs) are required to keep documentation for 3 years.

• Provide the appropriate information for each description in brackets.

• Add CE or site-specific information as needed.

• Distribute widely through available media outlets.

• Retain a copy of the release onsite.

 

Texas Department of Agriculture

Sample | SSO Media Release – No Application Processing

June 25, 2021

 

Comunicado de prensa para comidas gratuitas (opción de verano sin interrupciones) en el año escolar 2021-2022

 

Tenaha ISD anunció hoy su política de que, en este añoescolar, se ofrecerán comidas saludables a todos los estudiantes sin costo alguno en todos los días escolares. Porlo general, el hogar de un estudiante debe cumplir con los requisitos de elegibilidad de ingresos para calificar pararecibir comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido. Sin embargo, el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos(USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), emitió una guía quepermite a las escuelas ofrecer comidas a todos los estudiantes sin costo alguno para el año escolar 2021-2022. Cada escuela/centro u oficina central tiene una copia de la política, que puede ser revisada bajo petición.

 

Si bien no se requiere ninguna solicitud o proceso de determinación de elegibilidad para que su estudiante recibacomidas gratuitas este año escolar, el requisito de elegibilidadde ingresos probablemente se reanudarán en el año escolar2022-2023.

 

 

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA. Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas. Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por: (1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretaryfor Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2)fax: (202) 690-7442; o (3) correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov. Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Directions: Media Release for Seamless Summer Option Free Meals in School Year 2021-2022 Sample Form

 

Purpose

This sample form provides a model for the media release the Contracting Entity (CE) must issue prior to or during the first week of school. 

 

Directions for Using Sample Form

Use This Form

Frequency

Yearly, prior to or during the first week of school

Required Form Format

Use this sample or a similar document.

Record Retention

Releases kept on site and made available on request.

Public and charter schools are required to keep documentation related to school nutrition programs for 5 years.

Private schools, other nonprofit organizations, and residential child care institutions (RCCIs) are required to keep documentation for 3 years.

• Provide the appropriate information for each description in brackets.

• Add CE or site-specific information as needed.

• Distribute widely through available media outlets.

• Retain a copy of the release onsite.

 

 

 

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